While talking to Channel 4 following the end of the 2022 season, Lewis Hamilton said he was surprised at the outpouring of love and support he received after he was unjustly denied a 2021 F1 title win at the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“I was not expecting what would come after in terms of the amazing support from the fans of the sport but particularly my fans,” Lewis said.
He then added that the same love and support continued into the 2022 season, while the whole Mercedes team was struggling with their troubled car.
“And then the general love I have experienced through the year, which I think has got me through the year with the challenge of coming back and wanting to fight back, but not being able to fight back with the car we have.
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“Even though we are finishing sixth, fighting for fifth or whatever it is, the amazing support we have had through the year, bigger crowds than ever before this year, the team has experienced more love and affection than ever before, and that has been really beautiful to see.
“I know some people in life struggle to accept love, I have been like that for some time, so this year was one I was able to open up a little bit more and absorb it.
“That has really been a beautiful experience so I am really grateful for that,” Hamilton concluded.